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February 10, 2021, 12:45 PM

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended 500+ accounts in India for violating rules but has not taken any action on accounts of journalists, activists, and politicians  —  Twitter said on Wednesday it has taken actions on more than 500 accounts and reduced visibility of some hashtags in India …
New York Times:
Facebook says it will test a reduction of political content in News Feed for some users in Canada, Brazil, and Indonesia this week, and the US in coming weeks  —  News feeds will start getting less political content in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia, the social network said, with the change reaching the U.S. in coming weeks.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Trump-driven plan to force the sale of TikTok to a group including Oracle and Walmart has been shelved indefinitely  —  Trump-driven deal had languished as video-sharing app's Chinese owner mounted successful legal challenges  —  WASHINGTON—A U.S. plan to force the sale …
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple has partnered with TSMC to develop advanced micro OLED displays at a secretive facility in Taiwan  —  IPhone maker works on tech for augmented reality devices at secretive Taiwan lab  —  TAOYUAN, Taiwan — Apple has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co …
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
A researcher was able to breach 35+ companies, including Microsoft and Apple, in a new software supply chain attack that leveraged an open source ecosystem flaw  —  A researcher managed to breach over 35 major companies' internal systems, including Microsoft, Apple, PayPal, Shopify, Netflix …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter says it expects expenses growth of 25%+ in 2021, alongside a 20% workforce bump; forecasts user growth to slow to the low double digits after Q1  —  - Twitter's stock was flat in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
How software developers in NY took action to build better websites for scheduling vaccine appointments, after government websites proved to be not user-friendly  —  New Yorkers with tech skills were appalled when they tried to make vaccine appointments for older relatives.  They knew there was a better way.
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Google launches Google News Showcase in UK and Argentina, after debuting the service in Australia last week, and says it now has over 450 publications globally  —  Google News Showcase is starting to roll out to more countries worldwide, including the UK and Argentina, on the heels of its Australian launch last week.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Salesforce says “the 9-to-5 workday is dead” and that after the pandemic most staff will work a flex schedule, going into the office 1-3 days per week  —  ‘It no longer makes sense to expect employees to work an eight-hour shift.’  —  Cloud computing company Salesforce is joining …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
In iOS 14.5 beta, Maps adds a feature letting US users report accidents, hazards, and speed checks along their route using Siri or CarPlay  —  The iOS 14.5 beta, available to developers and public beta testers, adds a new Apple Maps feature that lets you report accidents, hazards …
Financial Times:
Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, whose combined power usage tops 45 TWh/year, compete to buy clean energy and meet their ambitious climate goals  —  Standing on top of a giant wind turbine in Texas, 300 feet above the ground, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos raised a bottle …
Mikhail Klimentov / Washington Post:
Riot Games CEO Nicolas Laurent has been accused of gender-based harassment in a lawsuit filed by a former executive assistant who was terminated in July 2020  —  A lawsuit filed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in January by Sharon O'Donnell, a former executive assistant at Riot Games …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Powder, which helps users share video clips of their favorite games, raises $14M Series A led by Serena, bringing its total raised to $18M  —  Meet Powder, a French startup that helps you share video clips of your favorite games, follow people with the same interests and interact with them.
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Jaron Schneider / PetaPixel:
Adobe brings document collaboration to Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fresco, enabling asynchronous editing of files across desktop, iPhone, and iPad  —  Adobe is leaning a bit more into the benefits of a cloud-based architecture with the rollout of an easy collaboration button and asynchronous editing …
Michael Vizard / VentureBeat:
Vivun, which offers a SaaS product to automate the management of presales processes, raises $35M Series B led by Menlo Ventures  —  Vivun provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform dubbed Hero that automates the management of presales processes.  Today the company revealed …
Dexter Thomas / VICE:
Police officers in Beverly Hills have played licensed music while being filmed by citizens, seemingly in an effort to trigger social networks' copyright filters  —  Police officers in Beverly Hills have been playing music while being filmed, seemingly in an effort to trigger Instagram's copyright filters.
Campbell Kwan / ZDNet:
Huawei files a lawsuit against the FCC for its decision to designate the company as a national security threat, says the order was beyond FCC's scope of powers  —  It has accused the FCC of making the designation without providing substantial evidence.  —  Huawei has once again filed …

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